Only a few minutes walk from Kawaguchi station (one of the largest Tokyo commuter towns) Grillno is a small and cozy, 26 seat restaurant with, run by one of my old good friends. Since starting his career as a chef, I have been supporting him with the planning of his restaurants (and enjoying eating what he cooks, of course!)
▼餐厅概览，preview © Kengaku Tomooki
As Grillno is a restaurant specialized in smoked and grilled dishes, we began by planning an open kitchen and a long concrete counter around the kitchen so that people could enjoy watching the chef cooking while eating. Together with the counter, we designed a long suspended light made of steel to illuminate the dining area evenly.
▼开放式厨房和围绕厨房的混凝土长吧台 © Kengaku Tomooki
an open kitchen and a long concrete counter around the kitchen
▼钢制长吊灯均匀地照亮了就餐区域 © Kengaku Tomooki
long suspended light made of steel illuminating the dining area evenly
▼灯具细部，details of lights © Kengaku Tomooki
We believe that good restaurants can welcome people in many situations – whether you come by yourself, with your friends/family or for your night out. To make the most out of the space as possible, we planned different types of seating arrangement: A long counter table with a rounded end so that 3-4 people can sit around, some tables for two or four, and a sofa seat.
▼座位区，seating area © Kengaku Tomooki
▼圆形端部可以容纳三至四人，rounded end for 3-4 people © Kengaku Tomooki
With a few rough materials, worked expertly by craftsman, we tried to achieve a relaxing atmosphere with moments of tension to match the food and hospitality.
▼粗糙的材料与食物相匹配，rough materials matching the food © Kengaku Tomooki
When Grillno opened in September 2020, I really felt it was not an easy decision to open due to the COVID-19 situation. Believing that restaurants which offer good cuisine with a comfortable interior can survive this difficult time, we wish this lovely restaurant all the best.
▼平面图，floor plan © Keiji Ashizawa Design
Architect: Keiji Ashizawa Design
Project architect: Keiji Ashizawa / Kenta Hirayama
Photo: Kengaku Tomooki